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dream cast: imaginary movie about the American Revolution

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another Dream Cast, and this week we’re doing something special in honor of the American holiday Fourth of July. I’ve always wondered why we haven’t gotten a big, juicy, emotional, dramatic, epic movie about the revolt of the British colonies in the New World, especially considering how many spectacular personalities made up the “Founding Fathers.” So now we’re gonna cast my dream movie about that sticky Philadelphia summer of 1776.

(If you have a suggestion for a classic TV show or movie we could play Dream Cast with, feel free to email me.)
There have been some movies about the American Revolution, perhaps most notably the musical 1776, but what I want is something at the intersection of Braveheart and Gladiator and Titanic, urgent and passionate and exciting. I haven’t seen that movie yet, but it could be thrilling.

Here’s whom would have be depicted, at a minimum:

John Adams
Abigail Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Martha Jefferson
Sally Hemings
George Washington
Martha Washington
Samuel Adams
Thomas Paine
Benjamin Franklin
James Madison
Alexander Hamilton

My dream cast:

John Adams: Russell Crowe
Abigail Adams: Anne Hathaway
Thomas Jefferson: Christian Bale
Martha Jefferson: Amy Adams
Sally Hemings: Jada Pinkett Smith
George Washington: Josh Lucas
Martha Washington: Reese Witherspoon
Samuel Adams: Sam Rockwell
Thomas Paine: John Simm
Benjamin Franklin: Kevin Spacey
James Madison: Joaquin Phoenix
Alexander Hamilton: Jude Law

From 1776:



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